Groups Oppose Metro's Let's Move Nashville Transit Plan

Posted at 9:15 PM, Oct 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-20 00:28:10-04

It was unveiled as Metro's transportation solution, but some see it as more of a problem than a solution.

Let's Move Nashville; a transit plan that includes 26 miles of light rail, four rapid bus routes and infrastructure improvements. The expected cost is $5.2 billion. 

"We got to this as fast as we could because that's what voters want," Mayor Megan Barry said during Tuesday's unveiling of the plan.

"I give Mayor Barry A plus marks for having the kind of vision that it's going to take to keep this city moving forward," former Governor Phil Bredesen said. 

However, not everyone thinks Let's Move Nashville will work. 

"The issue here is that we're doing something that is not going to help. There is a problem, but this is not the solution," Mark Cunningham said. 

Cunningham is the spokesperson for The Beacon Center, a free market think tank. He said there are several problems with this plan including the light rail system

"It's a train plan. So we're using 19th century technology in a 21st century world. To me it doesn't make much sense," Cunningham said. "Only about 2 percent of people end up taking these trains so really its spending a lot of money for very little impact."

Tax increases will be required to pay for it. "Its going to hurt low income Nashvillians. When you talk about raising a sales tax from 9.25 to 10.25, I mean that's a big impact for someone who's just making ends meet," explained Cunningham. 

Mayor Barry addressed a few tax increase concerns earlier this week, "our low income riders, we are going to make sure that they will ride for free. We're also exploring ways we can help our small businesses."

"Just because something is bold, doesn't make it a good idea," said Cunningham. 

The Beacon Center is working with other organizations to come up with alternative solutions.